Hurricane Douglas triggers declaration of emergency in Hawaii as Texas prepares for Hanna


The first hurricane to threaten the United States since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic approaches Hawaii, prompting the governor there to issue an emergency declaration on Friday night. Meanwhile, two storms are unfolding in the Atlantic and one could reach hurricane strength before causing extensive flooding on the Texas Gulf Coast.In the Pacific, Hurricane Douglas became a Category 3 Thursday, racing maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. It is expected to weaken as it passes over cooler waters before reaching Hawaii, but meteorologists warn that strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous waves could plague the entire state from Sunday.

Weather officials put the islands of Hawaii and Maui County (including Maui, Molokai and Kahoolawe) on hurricane watch on Friday.

Predicted trajectory for Hurricane Douglas as of Friday, July 24, 2020 NOAA

CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli said Douglas will likely pass just north of the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday and may arrive as a hurricane or tropical storm on Sunday in Maui. Watch for heavy rain, flash flooding, and gusty winds over 75 mph. If it lands with hurricane force, it would only be the third time in record-breaking history that Hawaii has seen a hurricane make landfall.


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